My name is Lisa Beiswenger (AKA Lu), and this website is dedicated to exploring food in all its forms: the good, the bad, and the ugly.
This project began in 2011 when I began to develop vegan and vegetarian recipes for my cooking blog. In 2016, the project expanded into a podcast where I cook recipes from the culinary past. While cooking, I discuss the history and science of cooking.
Most Recent Episodes
Episode 12: Spam Upside Down Pie (1945)
In this episode, we explore the history of Spam while making Spam Upside Down Pie. This episode also takes a look into why it’s so popular in the Philippines, Hawaii, and Korea.
Episode 11: The Joys of Jello (1963-2002)
I cook three savory Jell-O recipes and talk about the rise and decline in the popularity of Jell-O salads through the twentieth century. The recipes are Gazpacho Salad, Cucumber Sour Cream Salad, and Tuna Salad.
Episode 10: Bananamole and Banana Daiquiri (1977)
In this episode, I make two recipes from The 2-in-1 International Recipe Card Collection: Banana Daiquiri and Bananamole from the back. While preparing my ingredients, I talk about the history of bananas.
Episode 9: Shakespeare’s Birthday Meal (1596-1597)
To celebrate Shakespeare’s 452nd birthday and the 400th anniversary since his death, I cook up two dishes from his era and talk about the food eaten during the Elizabethan/Jacobean periods.
Episode 8: Ham and Bananas Hollandaise (1973)
In this episode, I make Ham and Bananas Hollandaise” and talk about the history and science of hollandaise. You can probably predict how the recipe turned out. This episode is a cautionary tale about the follies of recipe card authors.